Covid Safety Guidelines

Covid Safety Guidelines

For visitors to the Shop and Main Gallery*

Minnesota Center for Book Arts is committed to fostering a healthy and safe environment for all Open Book visitors. We follow the current CDC and Minnesota Department of Health guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some things to expect when visiting MCBA and Open Book.

*Additional safety measures are required for staff, teaching artists, studio users, and in-person workshop participants. If this applies to you, please review the guidelines below.

Mask Requirement

Everyone over the age of two is required to wear a mask inside Open Book, regardless of vaccination status. This policy is in place to protect our community, so please wear a mask that fits properly and covers your mouth and nose. If you forget to bring one, we’ll hand you one at the door.

Feeling sick? Stay home.

Another strategy to stop the spread of COVID is self-isolating when you feel ill. Be mindful of how you feel. Is there a tickle in your throat? The hint of a cough? Don’t risk exposing others.

Physical Distance

Please be respectful and maintain a minimum of six feet between you and the person next to you, unless you are part of the same party. Currently, the areas open to the public include  our  Main Gallery, Outlook Gallery, and the Shop at MCBA.

Foot Traffic Limited to Main Floor

Please note that MCBA is the only Open Book tenant open to the public at this time. Milkweed Books and the Loft Literary Center are currently closed to the public, so please be aware that the rest of the building is off limits. Clear directions and boundaries will be in place when you arrive. All-gender bathrooms are available for public use on the main floor.


Open Book has increased outside air to support building-wide ventilation and upgraded the filtration used in its HVAC system. MCBA has installed air purifiers in its Shop, galleries, and print studios.

Hand Sanitizer Stations & Routine Cleaning

Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout MCBA. High touch areas will be cleaned regularly.

Disclaimer and Assumption of Risk

While MCBA is taking the precautions listed above, there can be no guarantee that you will not contract the COVID-19 virus during your visit. You are responsible for the observance of health and safety practices recommended by public health authorities, including wearing a face covering at all times.

By visiting, you agree not to come to MCBA should you: (a) have any COVID-19 symptoms; (b) have had a positive COVID-19 test in the past 10 days; and/or (c) close contact with anyone confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19.

All of us at Minnesota Center for Book Arts appreciate your adherence to these policies to keep our creative community safe as we welcome you back. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us via email at

Parking & Door Access

Free parking is available in the east parking lot adjacent to the Open Book building. Additional metered parking is available on Washington Avenue and surrounding streets. Please use the front door on Washington Avenue to enter.

For staff, teaching artists, studio users, & in-person workshop participants

Since MCBA resumed limited in-person programming in the fall of 2021, we have  implemented some additional safety measures to keep our community as safe as possible. As of February 10, 2022, proof of vaccination and booster dose for those eligible* will be required for all MCBA staff, teaching artists, studio users (Artist Collective members, Fellows, tutorial students, and studio renters), and in-person workshop participants. Visitors to MCBA’s Shop and Galleries will not be allowed to enter MCBA’s studios and will not be required to show proof of vaccination at this time, though this policy is subject to change. All visitors to Open Book are required to wear a mask.

*Studio visitors 18+ are considered eligible for a booster dose under the following timeframes:

    • after 2 months since receiving 1 dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine
    • after 5 months since receiving the second dose of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine

By signing up for in-studio programming at MCBA, you agree to read and follow these protocols:

Vaccination Mandate

If you are a member of the above list and are eligible* for vaccination and a booster dose, you are required to provide proof before the start of your activity with MCBA. Please upload your proof of vaccination or medical exemption information below.

Notarized Exemptions

If you are unable to receive the vaccine, MCBA requires proof of a negative COVID test from those with a notarized medical vaccination exemption. This applies to anyone over 5 years of age who will be entering MCBA’s studios. Negative test results must be dated less than 72 hours prior to your initial visit to MCBA’s studios. For multi-week workshops, a new negative COVID test result must be submitted weekly. Please upload your exemption and test results below.

Refund Policy

Should you elect not to provide proof of vaccination or exemption, but instead prefer to withdraw from your workshop or Studio Lab, full refunds will be issued with no cancellation fee so long as your request is submitted before the start of your activity with MCBA. Please submit requests to withdraw from a workshop or Studio Lab below.



Questions about our Covid protocols? Contact us at

masking policy

Face masks continue to be required at all times while in Open Book and MCBA’s studios, even if you are fully vaccinated and boosted. If you do not wear a mask, you will be asked to leave.

Stay home if you have any covid-19 symptoms

Please stay home if you have any COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, or difficulty breathing), if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or if you have tested positive for COVID-19.

Wash and/or sanitize your hands when you arrive and frequently during your time in MCBA’s studios. Hand sanitizer and sinks with soap are located throughout the studios.

Your registration does not allow access to other parts of the Open Book building. Please remain in MCBA’s studios at all times unless visiting the restroom, Shop, or galleries

Social distance by maintaining 6 feet between yourself and others as much as you can. Cover your face when you cough or sneeze by using the inside of your elbow.

Food and beverages may be consumed at break times in communal spaces. Please social distance and eat outside when possible.

When visiting any public place during the pandemic, there is always a risk of exposure to COVID-19. When visiting MCBA, you voluntarily assume all risk knowing that COVID-19 is extremely contagious, and that for some people it can lead to severe illness and even death.

Thank you for keeping yourselves and our community safe and creative!